PwC promotions sees female representation increase at the top

An actuary graduate who joined PwC in 2000 has been named the firm’s latest equity partner in Northern Ireland.

Taking the total number of NI partners to 15, Emma Murray will be in the new Audit Line of Service and will focus on Private Business clients, where she already manages a major portfolio. 

Emma’s appointment takes the number of female partners to five, representing one-third of the total Northern Irish partnership. 

Five new Directors have also been promoted locally, bringing the total to 44. 

Deborah Stevenson and Jonny Gowdy work in Operate - the firm’s dynamic operational delivery service which has delivered over £100m  of revenues since launching in 2016. 

Two promotions are within technology - with Louise Black who works in Technology in Consulting, and Ronan Magee who specialises in Investigation Technology; and Jonathan Wilson who sits in the Forensics Capital Projects and Infrastructure team. 

PwC is investing significantly in its Northern Ireland office, which is the largest outside London with a team of 2,300 people. It is currently developing its new HQ, Merchant Square, a £70m 9-storey building with over 200,000 sq ft in Wellington Place in the city centre. 

Paul Terrington, chairman of PwC NI said:

“This year’s partner and director promotions once again illustrate the strength and depth of the talent we have working for PwC in NI across all parts of the firm. 

“We are investing heavily in our audit business, with an additional £30m a year across the UK. Emma is highly-respected in the industry, and is on the main committee of the Chartered Accountants Ulster Society. Her promotion demonstrates our commitment to our audit clients in Northern Ireland.

“It’s our goal to become the most tech-enabled professional services firm, and this is underlined by the direction of our Director promotions. Technology is at the core of everything we do as we ensure the firm is best-placed to support our clients in an increasingly digital world.”

PwC has promoted 69 directors to partners across its UK business. These partners, along with the 13 direct entry partners who joined the firm throughout the year, brings the total partner numbers to 944.

Partners have been promoted across all our lines of service with many focused on our growth priorities including 22% new technology partner,  reinforcing the firm’s commitment to remaining a digital leader.

Emma, who lives in Dungannon, where she and her husband are expecting their first child, said:

“I am incredibly proud to be joining PwC UK’s partnership and bringing another perspective to the leadership team. It means so much to me to have achieved this, surpassed only by the fact that I am also expecting my first baby. It is something I have aspired to since stepping through the doors of the Northland Row office, as a graduate, in my home town of Dungannon.

“I am very proud too of the businesses I work with, and look forward to continuing to work with these clients and supporting new clients in the future. I am passionate about our home-grown entrepreneurs, and inspired by their resilience, innovation and the commitment they show here to ensuring that Northern Ireland remains a great place to work, no matter what challenges we face.”


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